Monday, November 16, 2009

Wolfpack Women Win Season Opener, But Fall In Championship

On Saturday, in what was the conclusion of the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational, the host Wolfpack fell short in the title game to Vermont by a score of 52-47. Though trailing by double-digits in both halves, the resilient experience of the Wolfpack showed as they fought back to tie the game at 47-47 with less than a minute to go. These would be the last points the Pack would score as the Catamounts would score the next 5 points to put the game away. Nikitta Gartrell led the way for the Wolfpack, posting a team high 10 points, and was aided by the efforts of Bonae Holston who added 8 points and 9 rebounds, and by Amber White with 6 points. State was hampered by 13 turnovers, allowing Vermont to claim 14 points off of them.

In the opening round on Friday night, the Wolfpack picked up a win in their season opener over Florida International 87-71. This marked the 7th straight season opening victory for the Wolfpack. NC State’s full-court pressure was too much for Florida International to handle. The Wolfpack forced 27 turnovers and almost scored half of their total points off of these turnovers. The resilient play of the Golden Panthers, cut a 21 point lead at halftime in half, but a 3-pointer from Emili Tasler ignited the Pack to go on a 12-0 run which replenished the lead, and the Wolfpack ended up winning by 16 points.

All-Tournament Team

May Kotsopoulos, Vermont (MVP)
Courtney Pilypaitis, Vermont
Bonae Holston, NC State
Amber White, NC State
Marquita Adley, FIU
Miame Giden, Western Michigan

Holston averaged 14 points and 6.5 rebounds over the two games, while shooting 55%. Coming off a tremendous freshman campaign, in which she won the ACC Sixth Player of the Year Award, averaging 9.6 points and 5.7 rebounds as a reserve, Holston is expected to be an integral part of the starting lineup this season. Last season, she led all ACC Freshmen in scoring and rebounding in ACC play, averaging 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds.

White averaged 11.5 points over the two games, while shooting 67%. Her performance this weekend had to be a boost of confidence for White, after missing all of last season with an Achilles injury.

NC State (1-1) looks to rebound at home on Tuesday night against Florida Atlantic (1-1). The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum.


10 Responses to "Wolfpack Women Win Season Opener, But Fall In Championship"
  1. Anonymous said...
    November 16, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    Well so much for national attention

  2. OleRed said...
    November 16, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    uh whatever.. I was there. It was a good Vermont team and the NC State women played well. This is going to be a good team and Harper is certainly the perfect fit for this program.

  3. Anonymous said...
    November 16, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Vermont is not even the best team in a very very weak league ........

  4. Anonymous said...
    November 16, 2009 at 9:07 AM

    Vermont won their conference's championship last year and are predicted to do it again.

  5. Anonymous said...
    November 16, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Americas east name a team in it?Off the top of your head........Listen no one cares it will take time just stop hyping the crap out of the pack and be somewhat objective!

  6. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    November 16, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    ^anon...I'm confused. Who's hyping the crap out of the Pack in this article or in this thread? What is not objective?

  7. Pack said...
    November 16, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Coach Harper knows how to coach it may not translate in Ws right away but you can see it in the floor there is a system etc it will take a little time.
    But I doubt it will be 4 or 5 years of WTNY or she has to learn how to coach

  8. Anonymous said...
    November 16, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    ^ Think your man anon was talking this site in general

    Chris still can't get in my g accont sorry

  9. Pack Leader said...
    November 16, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Synopsis of our team this year

    Young Exciting Coach with average players...

    Give her a few years and she will have the ball rolling....pun intended

  10. Anonymous said...
    November 16, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    I think the fact that NC State received any Coaches' Poll Votes is due, at least in part, to Harper. There seems to be consensus in that industry that we made a great hire. I love the fact that she is going to do everything she can to win with this team and not wait until her players get here.


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